Saturday, November 25, 2006

Weekly News Roundup: November 25

Yucaipa news from the past week. (Note: if the news site requires a free login, try bugmenot):

• Congratulations to Rick LeVan, pre-algebra and life science teacher at Canyon Middle School, who has been named a California Teacher of the Year 2007. There have been several articles about his award:
According to the News Mirror, "And as a testament to his innovative teaching style, as dignitaries were lining up for pictures LeVan had the students sing a song he uses to teach them about genetics." What song was that? Inquiring minds (or at least I) want to know.

• Nov. 18, San Bernardino Sun "Tribal members teachers for day"
"Friday, several Mentone fourth-graders gathered at the campus to attend "California's First Cultures: A Celebration at Crafton Hills (Waat)."

The event gave the young students a chance to learn more about Southern California's indigenous people.

The fourth-graders who took part in Friday's activities listened to - and sang - traditional songs, took in a history lesson and learned about basket-making techniques. "
• I link to several news articles in my post about the Jefferson Fire. It is now 100% contained. We should all be thankful for the 100s of firefighters that risked themselves (and worked over the holidays) to get the fire under control, and that there were no injuries. Here are a couple of updated articles:
• Lance Flett, a young "human directional" helping draw prospective home buyers into Chapman Heights' "The Links" development had his 10 seconds of fame (and photograph) in the New York Times!

They also talked to sign twirler Sierra Butler:
“It’s pretty good hours, good pay,” said Sierra Butler, 15, a sign twirler in Yucaipa. “It’s a really easy job to start the working experience. That’s why I did it.”
Apparently the practice has been banned in a number of local cities, including Riverside and El Cajon for distracting traffic and "creating blight". The article points out that the the boom in twirlers may be a sign of a cooling local housing market.
As the housing market cools here in the exurbs of Los Angeles and elsewhere, builders are relying on the frantic motion of these young workers to catch the attention of a dwindling number of buyers.
Good news if you are buying, rather than selling.

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